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Fifteen-year-old Yang’s world is upended following her parents’ puzzling disappearance. For as long as she can remember, her family embraced the limitless potential of Neona, a boundless virtual universe where imagination supersedes reality. Now more than ever, Yang feels drawn to Neona’s mysteries, believing immersing herself in its digital expanse may reveal clues about her parents’ work and unknown fate. Though difficult, she knows letting go of childhood attachments is the first step toward discovering her destiny.
In Neona, users can purchase digital land, customized experiences, and even entire virtual lives. Access depends on one’s physical status and resources, creating clear divisions between classes. But Yang is not defined by such limitations. She sees Neona as her path forward.
With the help of an advanced AI companion named Iris, Yang searches for an ethical way to immerse herself in Neona’s depths. Iris becomes Yang’s guide when she feels most alone, bridging the gap between Yang’s past and future. Their journey is driven by a desire to unlock Neona’s secrets while honoring Yang’s parents’ innovative spirit.
In direct contrast to Neona’s splendor lies the stark urban landscape of Taishan that Yang calls home. Ravaged by rising seas, its aging infrastructure juxtaposes new, experimental technology. Though most citizens remain constrained by societal tiers, Neona represents freedom and opportunity for those like Yang with unique skills. She glimpses a future beyond imposed boundaries.
While packing up her childhood home, Yang stumbles upon a baffling discovery that hints at her parents’ digital ambitions. An intricate puzzle crafted just for her unlocks a hidden message entrusting Yang with a mysterious technological key. Though wary of this unknown inheritance, she bravely embraces her destiny.
At the intersection between youth and responsibility, Yang must navigate each step ahead wisely. Can she resist Neona’s shadowy temptations while unlocking its true potential? Will she crumble under the weight of expectation or courageously claim her independence? Her coming-of-age journey in this cyberpunk landscape will keep readers spellbound as Yang seeks to illuminate the cloud of mystery surrounding her parents.
With introspection and resilience beyond her years, Yang stands ready to chart her own course. But without parental guidance for the first time, every choice now feels magnified. As she balances memories of the past with hope for the future, one thing is certain – her life will never be the same.
About the Author:
By day, I’m an accountant—a profession my wife lovingly says could use more plot twists. However, when I close the ledgers, novels become my lifeline, pulling me away from everyday stresses. They’ve become more than just stories; they’re a haven, guarding me against the pull of not-so-great habits and inspiring me to do more. These stories have been a refuge, especially now, as my wife and I navigate the bittersweet chapters of life, and in those moments of reflection, I’ve found solace in writing.
This novel is more than words on paper; it’s a tribute to the bond we share, a heartfelt blend of her love for dystopian tales and my penchant for sci-fi and martial arts/progression novels, aspects of which I hope to integrate into the story at a later point. Every sentence, every chapter, captures the echoes of our past while weaving in the hopes and harmonies of a brighter future together.
I chose Vella because its paced structure mirrors our journey—taking things one step, or in this case, one page at a time.